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From an email...<br><br><br><br>
(DALLAS, TX); June 23, 2005--More than just the heat can be harmful to<br><br>
your pet during the summer. Memorial Day, Labor Day and the Fourth of<br><br>
July are the top three holidays for pet emergencies because of outdoor<br><br>
activities where pets run loose. Firecrackers, with their loud,<br><br>
startling and scary noises, can also be harmful to your pets' well<br><br>
being. The SPCA of Texas recommends these tips to make your pets' Fourth<br><br>
of July a safe one:<br><br><br><br>
· Keep your pets indoors with the air conditioner running and the<br><br>
windows closed or keep a radio on to help mask out as much noise as<br><br>
possible. Also try distracting them: follow their regular routine, play<br><br>
with them or crate them up until the fireworks are over. Make sure they<br><br>
have current tags and a microchip to ensure their safe return should<br><br>
they bolt out of fear.<br><br><br><br>
· Be aware of neighborhood pranksters throwing firecrackers over your<br><br>
fence to frighten your pet. Also be careful using sparklers, as they can<br><br>
burn animals as well as people.<br><br><br><br>
· Allow your pets the freedom to seek refuge under the bed, behind the<br><br>
toilet or in the back of the closet. This may soothe them more than<br><br>
cuddling with them.<br><br><br><br>
· Your dog may not want to accompany you to the local fireworks<br><br>
extravaganza. He may prefer some nice quiet time in your lap after<br><br>
everything is over. Also, during the festivities, keep your dog busy<br><br>
with chew toys.<br><br><br><br>
· If your pet gets especially stressed or your neighborhood is<br><br>
particularly noisy, you may wish to talk to your veterinarian about the<br><br>
practicality of using tranquilizers or homeopathic remedies. Consider<br><br>
sending your pet to a nice quiet boarding kennel for the worst of it.<br><br><br><br>
Even if the proper precautions are taken, some animals may develop<br><br>
deeply rooted fears of loud noises after fireworks displays or<br><br>
thunderstorms. Commonly seen effects include: shaking; trembling;<br><br>
excessive drooling; barking; howling; trying to hide or get into or out<br><br>
of the house, fence, or other enclosure; refusing to eat food; loss of<br><br>
bladder or bowel control or temporary diarrhea.<br><br><br><br>
The best way to treat this problem is through preventive conditioning,<br><br>
the process of desensitizing an animal to loud noises. Start by<br><br>
introducing your puppy or kitten to loud noises such as handclaps when<br><br>
they are relatively young. As the animal grows, softly bang pots and<br><br>
pans together and escalate the noise. Soon your dog or cat will not be<br><br>
traumatized by loud noises.<br><br><br><br>
This Fourth of July, keep your beloved companion animals indoors where<br><br>
it is safe.

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I don't let my two dogs out in the yard during the 4th or the day<br><br>
before, the noise scares them. The best thing is to keep them<br><br>
indoors till it's over. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/angel.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":angel:">
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